Ex-CIA Director: European Anti-Semitism = Harbinger of Totalitarianism

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Ex-CIA Director: European Anti-Semitism = Harbinger of Totalitarianism

Former CIA director James Woolsey says that Europe’s intolerance of Jews is a first step toward dictatorial rule. In a speech to a predominantly Jewish audience at York University in Toronto, Woolsey said that Europe’s increasing anti-Semitism is its “first breath of totalitarianism.”

According to the National Post, as reported by WorldNetDaily.com, Woolsey said that Jews are history’s great champions of the rule of law, so much so that they have come to embody it. “Once anti-Semitism raises its head, the rest of us who don’t want to live with a foot on the back of our necks are likely to be the next targets,” Woolsey said. “So once you begin to dabble with the idea that you want to bully people, that you want to order them around, that you want them to do what you say, you very frequently start to drift into anti-Semitism. I think that is what is happening in some of the cultural elites in Europe.”

He said Jews have always promoted the primacy of the law over the leader, as evidenced by their dietary restrictions and dress. ”People hate Jews [as] they have come to realize that this notion of the rule of law came to the world something between three and four millennia ago in the Sinai desert,” Woolsey said. “The idea that the government is above the ruler, and that rulers, whether it’s King David or anyone else, are to be held to account by the people, by great prophets, by whomever — that notion essentially came out of the Sinai desert.”

European media have a lot to do with promoting anti-Semitism, Ynet reports today. The European Union’s recent report on anti-Semitism, which it buried because it showed that Moslem and pro-Palestinian elements are involved in most of the incidents, shows that the one-sided coverage in Europe of the Middle East conflict “fans the flames of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel feelings.” So said Francois Zimeray, a MEP (Member of European Parliament, Socialist Party, France), who obtained parts of the now-classified report. Zimeray said that the report confirms that “the media chiefly expresses only one viewpoint of the conflict, out of identification with the Palestinian side, and this fuels anti-Semitism.”

The European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), which serves as the EU’s racism watchdog organization, commissioned the report on anti-Semitism in early 2002, following a sharp increase in anti-Jewish violence. However, when it received the report towards the end of the year, the EUMC objected to the focus on Muslim and pro-Palestinian perpetrators, judging this “inflammatory.” (Arutz Sheva — Israel)

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